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  1. Its worth stating here - drinks on a cruise ship can be expensive but P&O seem to charge about the same as a local pub would. If tripping to the Fjords and taking shore leave in Norway then prices rocket - £11 for a beer and £14 for a sandwich - thank goodness Cruises are all inclusive !!!!!
  2. Typo error …… Drinks package was £150 not £250 …. Doh….
  3. Exactly - we have always found it more economical to pre-book drinks packages as it doesn't take many drinks to be on the winning side. Our last MSC cruise charged approx. £250 per passenger per week however if you choose to pay when you drink the basic cost is high with additional 20 to 30% added Wine deals are also a must if you fancy a nice bottle at lunch or dinner. I do hope P&O rectify the problems as we are booked on IONA for its inaugural sailing next year.
  4. Yes - quite a few and all with high ratings - take a look
  5. I also have carried a swiss army knife for many years but unlike JohnMustow have been asked the question on a few occasions at ferry ports. I remember waiting to board the IOM Ferry in my car and owned up to the question of having a knife on my person - a surprised Port officer came up with the solution that I should place it in the glove box …. which of course I did. I also take it with me on cruises and only one occasion when returning to the ship from a tender it was taken off me.... at the end of the voyage I went to collect it and was amazed to see at least 300 other swiss army knives awaiting collection.
  6. The better news is four stars on trip advisor https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186258-d214968-Reviews-Brittany_Ferries-Plymouth_Devon_England.html
  7. Well BF obviously have a caring nature to their customers? I don't feel lucky as BF offered the compensation and amended travel arrangements which I have found most companies do. I would be quite happy to claim on personal Travel Insurance but did not find it necessary - well done BF
  8. Over the years we have had a couple of ferry cancellations or departure port move where compensation was paid. I know this was sometime ago but in October 2012 following BF Strikes and our missed ferry from Santander to Portsmouth BF gave us a full refund for the ferry £255 and petrol compensation £200 for our drive (600 miles) to Northern France for a sailing and a further three month extension to our Club Membership. In October 2013 we had a further cancellation and we received similar compensation however BF do not cover any hotel accommodation - if necessary this has to be claimed through Travel Insurance.
  9. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/windsor-castle-restorers-to-offer-support-to-notre-dame-38021293.html
  10. And of course Windsor Castle fire.....
  11. More likely just another extension - probably a long one.....
  12. Think a Bill to be passed imminently to rule out "No Deal" -
  13. The uncertainty has also made us think about this years trips. We have decided not to take any sea crossings from UK to France and Spain but will book flights instead. When things become clearer after Brexit we may have a rethink.
  14. Great question - my experiences are those similar to the Brexit crisis - nobody wants to take charge and enforce regulations ( a bit like the lifts on BF - Policy is "dogs must wear a muzzle but nobody is there to enforce this?") We have pre booked a restaurant time well before travel but...... hey ho..... we are not on their system.... again similar to Easyjet "speedy boarding" we are in this queue BUT have actually boarded behind the "others" queue.... its a sort of hit and miss scenario ….
  15. Exactly - saves the queuing hassle……..
  16. Jonno said...…….. " It would appear that BF are looking into giving Club Voyage members the opportunity to pre book the restaurant prior to sailing"...….hence this is something we have been familiar with over the years...…...
  17. Yes - on our Spanish bookings - we have been asked whether we wish to book a table in the restaurant - which we have done on occasion although on one occasion despite booking we found the restaurant had no reservation details for us.... they fitted us in anyway....
  18. Been getting these prior to sailing for some years now
  19. Yep - I posted this information on 11th February
  20. Strange one this. IDP for Manx driving licence holders are now for one year only as we have both mentioned. I am not sure whether refunds are given but a one year IDP is now £11. Strange that the application form still asks the applicant whether it is a one year or three year permit and still also quotes £24 for the 3 year one although no longer issued. The IOM advises Manx residents to always obtain an IDP for driving outside the IOM and UK as many countries do not recognise an Isle of Man driving licence.
  21. I think you are slightly confused here. No its not the same as the uk - eg. we don't have the EHIC cards for health - we have to have private health Insurance when travelling through Europe (except the UK) where we have a reciprocal agreement -ie if a UK tourist falls ill in IOM or if an IOM resident falls ill in UK the same benefits exist. Our driving Licences are different - an our IDP is accepted throughout Europe - Its nothing to do with UK.
  22. I hope this link helps answer your questions. The IOM has a very limited legal relationship with the EU - I think I have previously provided information on this in another topic - Protocol 3 applies therefore UK legislation (and the UK Post Office) is not relative to the IOM legislation or IOM Post Office. https://www.gov.im/media/624101/protocol3relationshipwiththeeu.pdf
  23. Not shouting ? Sorry - but just using same format as that published by your goodself. Well as you know I use BF so driving in UK, Ireland and other European Countries is relevant to me as with many other non UK BF members holding non UK driving licences. I hope other members find this educational and enlightening. 🚗
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